Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays Everyone!

Tuesday 19th December
It's a short newsletter this week because we've all been winding down, enjoying families and buying Christmas presents! But we've also been getting ready for next year and all our 2018 content is now up and ready for members to explore and enjoy. You will find a link below.
We will be taking a break next week, so the next newsletter will be out in early January 2018. 

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, from all of us at Activity Village! Thank you for your support this year, and see you again in 2018...
Happy Holidays!
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What's New at Activity Village ...
Our latest lettered colouring pages and cards - "Believe in the magic of Christmas" and "Baby it's cold outside". Perfect for snuggling up with!
Our latest lettered colouring pages and cards
Explore our new 2018 activities for kids - including new colouring pages and colouring cards, writing paper, story paper, greetings cards and bookmarks, worksheets, goal setting printables and much more!
Explore our new 2018 activities for kids
This Week's Guest Post
Shelly has come up with some really fun ways to use our new Christmas stocking printables while learning maths with the kids - from simple counting and one to one correspondence, to "greater than" and "less than" and number bonds. Read about her Christmas stocking maths ideas here!
Guest Post - Christmas stocking maths ideas - by Shelly
A Little Something ...
Christmas Angels

by PZ Mann
The Whittles lived in Humbleburg,
As poor as poor can be,
But all their neighbours loved them,
For their generosity.
For though the Whittles' shelves were bare,
Their cottage tumbledown,
When Christmas came they made a toy,
For every child in town.
One Christmas Eve they climbed in bed,
After all the toys were made;
And while they dreamed of better times,
The Whittles were repaid. 

That night three Christmas angels came, 
To give them a reward -
For heaven won't let any act
Of kindness be ignored.
One angel searched the cupboard
And found just a crust of bread;
"Now, this won't do", she whispered,
"Let's prepare a feast instead!"
The angels flapped their magic wings,
As only they are able,
And in a flash a flood of food
Filled all the shelves and table!
The tiny house still looked quite drab,
It needed to be cheered;
And as the angels waved their wings,
A Christmas tree appeared! 

Two angels trimmed the pretty tree; 
The third flew to and fro,
Hanging bells and holly boughs,
And sprigs of mistletoe.
Outside, the angels dressed the house
With icicles and snow,
And on the door they placed a wreath,
Complete with a bright red bow! 

They finished all they came to do,
Before the break of day,
And as the Whittles roused from sleep,
The angels flew away.
Now, when the Whittles saw the food
And all the decoration,
They pinched themselves and wept for joy,
Then danced in celebration!
As word spread through the village
Of their heaven-sent surprise;
Every Humbleburger came 
To see with their own two eyes!
The Whittles shared their Christmas feast -
They emptied all the shelves;
Their kindness wouldn't let them keep
Good fortune to themselves.
When everyone had cleaned their plate,
They all joined in a song;
And up above - though no one heard - 
The angels sang along!
The light of the Christmas star to you.
We have printable poster versions of 24 favourite Christmas quotes here.
Coming Up Soon ...

​​​​​​​12th - 20th December: Hanukkah

25th December: Christmas

26th December: Kwanzaa

1st January: New Year

15th January: Martin Luther King Day​​​​​​​

25th January: Burns Night

26th January: Australia Day

2nd February: Groundhog Day

4th February: Superbowl

6th February: Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day)

7th February: Charles Dickens' Birthday

9th - 25th February: Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea

13th February: Pancake Day

13th February: Mardi Gras

14th February: Valentine's Day


​​​​​​​Spring . . Summer . . Autumn . . Winter
And don't forget you can click through to our Holiday Calendar to explore our resources by upcoming holiday and event. Get your planning done and activities printed out in plenty of time!
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All the best until next time!
Lindsay Small​​​​​​​
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